Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
316
Tuition
$27,770
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 79 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: School Has Great Flexibility – Whether a student is part-time or full-time there is always an option to work around your schedule to choose class times that work best for you. If you are unhappy or unsatisfied with a course or a professor there is always an option to transfer and/or drop a class. At my time being at the school I have not had to transfer or switch any of my classes and hopefully will stay that way.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Many Opportunities – The professors at the American Academy of Art are very involved in student oriented activities. The professors are always flexible and work around your schedule to sort out any questions you may have. Making appointments with the school dean is fairly easy if you have any serious questions. The curriculum at school is very productive and every class has a goal to accomplish oncee the semester is over. Professors usually work together to update eachother on what assignments have been given to us to make sure we are not being over-worked.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Amazing Art Opportunities – The school that I attend has many chances where students can participate in art competitions for cash and other prizes. These competitions boost many students to do the best that they can in order to win.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Grateful for School – My experience with the school is amazing. I feel that choosing to go to this school was worth-while. I have met very great students and teachers that motivate me to graduate school and that wish the best for me. One of my favorite experiences at the school was the art gallery that the freshman alumni were able to present to other students and school faculty. I would choose to go to this school again because of experience in careers that is has given me.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Not That Many Activities – The school that I am attending involves only around 300-400 students, therefore there aren't as many facilities as you would hope. There are no athletic centers or any auditoriums. There are 2 school lounges and a library where students take breaks at in their free time.

4 College Junior

Student Body: People Are Phenomenal – My school consists of a variety of many talented and motivated individuals. Most of the students that I have met are very dedicated to graduating school as early as possible and hope to receive higher degrees in different schools.

1 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Not Much Help – Although the school is worth my tuition pay, I do believe that I did not receive as much financial help as what I should have. I am struggling with the school loans that I had to take out and am therefore having a financial burden. My experience with the financial aid office was not a great one. The financial aid office tried to help me find options in how to pay for school but their involvement was very limited.

2 College Junior

Career Services: Career Center Is Okay – While in school my chances of getting a job in the field are slim because of the competition that students have against eachother. Students with a higher education level will have better chances of working with the Career Center than students who have just enrolled in classes.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Flexible Classes/Curriculum – The only classes I have taken on so far were all general requirements. Although all the classes were general requirements the teachers learned what degree path you were focusing on and helped you hone in on the skills that would better you in that field.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Class Registration/Workload – The class registration process was so simple! The registrar is extremely helpful and knowledgeable in all the classes and the best classes for you to take for you career path. The workload during my freshman year was challenging but workable. The teaches know how challenge you without giving you an un-finishable workload.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Helpful Classes – Since I have only completed my freshman year, I will be starting classes in my major this fall. From what I have heard, they do a wonderful job preparing you for a life in the Graphic Design career. As far as my classes from freshman year, they were all wonderful! Each and every class was centered around an artistic lifestyle and thought process.

2 College Junior

Campus Resources: There Isn't Much – The actual building is decent. And the library is sufficient. But this is a really small school. Other than the library, other facilities open to students are two small lounges with vending machines, and an art gallery opened some of the times.

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3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Decent Amount, but Things Can Get Crazy – For such a small school (about 400-500 students), there are actually a lot of computers. There's a mac lab with about 6 computers, each with small scanners and a large scanner. And a library with pcs, for more of a general use or papers. Both have printers. Most days these are fine, but during finals or midterms it can get bad. There are also several classrooms equip with macs.The wireless network can get glitchy and slow, but often times it's fine. There are some deadzone though, that can get nerve-racking and sometimes the network just goes down.

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3 College Junior

Student Body: Not What Most People Expect in an Art School – The students at my school aren't what most people expect from an art school. The typical art student that most people think of are those kids who have a cigarette in one hand and coffee in the other, wearing "hipster" clothing and talking about how amazing they are.
Of course at my school, there are some students that are like that. But there are more who legitimately want a career in art. It's a diverse group of people, yet still unified in their interest in art

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College Student

Campus Resources: The school has a wide diversity. The students come from many different backgrounds. A lot come from out of state to go to the American Acedemy of Art. I find it very insperational that people will travel so far from home to reach a greatter hight with their education. But no matter our backgrounds we all share one devotion to our art.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: This school has gone through 4 career advisors in 6 years. That's right, there's only one career service advisor for 500+ students. Makes sense, right? So of course she helped me locate an internship when I contacted her, right? NO. I was completely ignored while I was in school. Then, I heard from the new advisor after I graduated about some opportunities. So I sent her my updated information, and never heard back again. There has since been 1 or 2 more new advisors that I have not cared to talk to. I have since decided to take my future into my own hands and go back to a school that actually accomplishes what it promises. Seriously. WORST. SCHOOL. EVER.

5 College Freshman

Career Services: Probably the Best in Careers – I definitely love the career services in this school and I highly doubt there is another art school that is the same in this area. They have the specific career office that students can visit at any time. They help you set up a portfolio and help out in other areas like interviews. Another thing that I find helpful is that even though you graduate and no longer attend the academy, the career service is always available in helping you find a job.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great Art School – I would have to say that my overall experience in the academy is pretty great. The classes are great, because you really get to work one on one with the teacher and easily receive help if needed. The people who attend are friendly, social, and its just a good atmosphere to be in. Overall, its a great school. I am proud to say that I am a student of the academy.

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4 College Freshman

Student Body: Good Environment – Since it is an art school, all the people in the school have this bond because we have one common interest, which is art. It creates a good environment in which we can be ourselves and others will accept it and even embrace the uniqueness of an artist. Though it does create an atmosphere of competition, which is a good thing because it prepares ourselves for what to expect later in life, when we search for our careers.

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4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: Helpful and Worth While – The financial aid I have been given at the academy is great. They have an office that open all the time that if needed any help or explanation of some financial issues, they are gladly willing to talk it out with you one on one. Though the tuition is high, it is worth it and reasonable since they do not receive any financial help from the government. I know that I am getting my money's worth with the education that I will receive from this school.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: that 'director of operations' guy they have there, steve milotto or whatever his name is, he was running some kind of scam with the pop and snack machines, prolly keepin the moneys and we was eating expired, stale cheetos for like a year. i was getting sick off that! anyways he still works there so F this place in general. i didnt like the rest of those people either.

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Parent

Overall Experience: Not sure I would enroll in a college owned and run by Richard Otto. I know he was fined a substantial amount of money when he owned and ran Catherine College in Chicago. From what I have heard about this school from the students who have enrolled, and their irate parents, I can only advise you to choose the reputable and accredited colleges to pursue art and media.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Unethical Lies. As for the high marks posted on this page...re-read them..yes, the Academy wrote those about itself. How could a 2014 graduate have such a thoroughly glowing review for a school it hasn't attended yet? The school year would start in Fall of 2010. Yes, these people are THAT moronic.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: AVOID THIS SCAM. If you'll pay the ridiculous tuition costs, they'll accept you. Doesn't matter if you can draw or not. Most students leave after the first semester or stay and go into debt with a degree that means nothing from this place. It's run by unethical business people and it shows more than they realize. They lie about their job placement rate and are well know for losing whatever accreditation they have/had for long periods of time. I could go on, but you would be INFURIATED to hear all of it. Stay away from here.

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5 College Freshman

Student Body: A Home Away from Home – Freshman year has truly been the most fun I've had in school. Freshman year you spend a lot of time with the same people and you take the same classes. With only 500 students attending the academy becomes a place where everyone becomes very close and familiar with one another. Quite simply the school is the best learning experiences I've had the pleasure to be apart of.

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